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An ALF Communiqué

 has been received giving an update on the health of the beagles rescued from Marshall Farms on Dec. 5, threatening future actions, and providing additional background information on the raid and previous unpublicized liberations there, complete with reconnaissance photographs apparently taken prior to the rescue.

Additionally, a website has been set up for a New York ALF Press Office to supplement the services of the NAALFPO locally.

The newly released photos have been posted there, along with the communiqué, which is also pasted below:

December 2001

The purpose of this communiqué is to provide an update on the health of the beagles we rescued on December 5 from Marshall Farms and to give additional background information and photographs that were not released with the first communiqué. Anyone interested in this topic should have already seen that document and accompanying photographs, which are not duplicated here.

At any time of day or night, anyone in the vicinity of Marshall Farms can hear dogs screaming and yelping and smell the stench of feces and decaying carcasses. Even the 20 foot high wooden fence, 15 foot high wall of earth, and dense trees and shrubs strategically placed between this concentration camp and neighboring houses and apple orchards cannot absorb the shrieking nor block the foul odor.

We have been surveillancing Marshall Farms for several months now. One of the first thing we noticed is that the ferrets often escape from their cages and can be found running around the sheds, shown in an attached picture. Also seen is a dry-erase board where staff wrote the ID numbers of ferrets who had escaped (they are each individually identified by an earring).

Over the course of a few months, we rescued dozens of these ferrets and also removed some directly from their cages, placing them into caring homes after providing them with veterinary care and removing their earrings. We did not release any of these gentle and playful animals into the wild, as
they would probably have been unable to survive there.

As can be seen in the pictures, the ferrets are bred and raised in masses and their cages and food containers are caked with diarrhea from bacterial infections. These ferrets are sold in pet stores for $100 each. Some--perhaps with specific genetic strains to be used in experiments, judging by their unique colors--are kept isolated in single cages with UPC codes identifying them.

The beagles are also raised in groups, and then separated out when they are older. The feeding and watering systems at Marshall Farms are all automated, and these highly social animals are denied any form of exercise or social interaction, which they desperately need.

At one point in October, while we were documenting these conditions and rescuing ferrets, we encountered a part of the complex that was apparently alarmed, as a security patrol came our way and several night staff then scoured the place until daybreak with flashlights while we watched from the
woods. After this incident, Marshall Farms began to utilize random foot patrols in addition to regular vehicular rounds. However, nothing can stop the ALF.

On December 5, with the use of lookouts and a larger team, we again outwitted the security and entered the concentration camp to carry out a rescue operation that would certainly be noticed. We liberated a total of 30 female beagle puppies from certain torture and death. They would have been forcibly impregnated and kept in cages for years churning out puppies, only to have their children taken from them to be sold to laboratories.

The beagles we rescued were also in dire need of veterinary care. Several of them had mange, fleas, and a rare intestinal bacteria called giardia, which causes severe diarrhea and is caused by drinking filthy water. A picture shows one of the beagles with a particularly severe case of mange. After treating and spaying these beagles, we placed all of them into caring and loving homes to live out the rest of their lives in peace.

Because Marshall Farms is such a massive facility--spanning hundreds of acres--we are confident that there is no security force that can keep us from gaining access in some form or another. In addition to the animal sheds, the concentration camp also has several large offices, living quarters for staff, and a parking lot full of cars. All of these are possible targets of future attacks, which could come at day or at night.

An attached picture that we took recently shows an employee reading the newspaper in the office complex, oblivious to the fact that a member of the ALF is right outside her window.

We are watching you, Marshall Farms, and we will not rest until you are shut down. In addition to our clandestine activities, we are advocating that aboveground groups organize mass protests against this hellhole. With no police station within miles and vast forests and fields adjacent to the facility, large-scale and effective actions could take place here with little potential for effective interference.

Environmental groups should also become involved, as we discovered Marshall Farms has been using the surrounding area as a dumping ground for drums of waste, also shown in the photos. Several gates in the electric security fence as well as the wooden sound-barrier fence lead to alcoves surrounded by trees where Marshall Farms dumps chemicals and biological waste.

We have now rescued as many animals from Marshall Farms--and by extension, Huntingdon Life Sciences--as we can safely find homes for at this time. Regretfully, however, there are still literally tens of thousands of animals languishing in this concentration camp. Therefore, we will now
escalate our campaign to use tactics of economic sabotage to physically shut them down.

By switching from rescue to sabotage operations, our job will also now become much easier, and any other cells or individuals who want to carry out their own actions easily can. It is no longer crucial to avoid leaving any sign of our presence, and meticulous planning is not necessary anymore since our exit will no longer involve smuggling large animals across acres of treacherous terrain. All anyone who wants to help with this effort has to do now is get in, damage what you can, and get out.

There will be no more tiptoeing around, Marshall Farms. We will strike again and again, and we will strike hard. You have been warned. Begin liquidating your assets now and washing your hands of the blood you have spilled, or we will do it for you.

"The ALF"